I am almost somewhat embarrassed to admit I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. I have always wanted to and have almost on several occasions but something came up. This Halloween, I decided to make my own. I’ll be doing a group Halloween dinner for all my ghouls and am happy to share the evening watching the ghastly movies that make Halloween so awesomely scary and spooky. But I needed a sign. I have seen some awesome signs but they can be pricey. And this year I am trying to watch my costs on new Halloween décor additions.
Initially, I thought about building my own sign using scrap lumber pieces we had around the house. But a trip to the hospital put me behind schedule. (You will never believe this but remember four months ago I posted about my husband’s appendicitis. Well I found myself admitted with a textbook of symptoms indicating appendicitis! Really, not joking. My history of being the 2% – for another post – proved true and I left without appendicitis, which is a good thing, but not knowing what it was – my typical.) I thought I was going to have to give it up but a trip to Target – love that store – saved my project.
I found a Trick or Treat ground sign with the Trick or Treat written upside down. It was $3 and I really didn’t care about the sign being upside down as I was going to paint it anyways. I grabbed it and a few other Halloween essentials and headed home with a smile on my face. Below is how I pulled it off and I can’t wait to show you how it came out in my outside décor this year…but that reveal will be in another post.
Black Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
Brown/Brick Red Acrylic Paint
Various Brushes – Hair and Sponge
Stenciling Letters or Cutting Machine (to make them)
Water and a Mug
Putting It All Together:
1. I started by getting rid of the upside Trick or Treat by taking white acrylic paint and painting over the black letters and the entire white square. Its okay if the paint is a little rough because its supposed to be creepy and old. Note: I started with poster paint but it did absolutely nothing. I would have used the whole bottle and the letters would have still shown through. Make sure if you try this project, use acrylic.
2. The lettering was probably the most difficult. First, I calculated out what size each phrase needed to be. It was somewhat a trial and error process. I used my CriCut system to make my letters. Then it was simply a matter of stenciling on the board. The last sketch I did was a set of small bats on the side. I freehanded these silhouettes but you can easily stencil them on or decoupage them using stickers or pictures.
3. So even though this next step was super simple, it was not easy. I painted each letter and character with black acrylic paint. The trick was making sure I stayed in the lines so to speak.
4. No dead and breakfast sign looks right if it looks brand spanking new. I aged it. This was a little bit of a process. First, I tried tea bags. No go. Second, old, heavy brew coffee. Still no. So I tried paint. It was either going to work or ruin my sign. (I’ll admit I was more than a little nervous it wouldn’t work.) I mixed 1 part black acrylic paint with 1 part brick red acrylic paint and two parts water, adding a little more water, until I had a very thin glaze mixture.
Using a small brush, I brushed it on in various areas. Then I scrubbed, yes I do mean scrubbed, it off. Not only did this spread the glaze so it aged in color but it also help rough up the black and white so it looked worn.
There you have it. My DIY Serar’s Dead and Breakfast sign. I so can’t wait until you see it in place. I’m going for a more macabre look this year.
Until next post.